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How Much Does Ear Wax Removal Cost?

 
low costOver The Counter: $5-$30average costWith Insurance: $5-$75high costWithout Insurance: $40-$110
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In most cases, earwax is a healthy part of ear function. However, an overabundance of earwax can cause aching, pressure and even ear infections. (See How Much Does Ear Infection Treatment Cost.)

Typical costs:

  • Without insurance, an appointment to have earwax removed can cost between $40 and $110 at a primary care physician's office or a clinic for people without insurance. CVS Minute Clinic[1] charges $59 for ear wax removal.
  • With insurance, typical copays and deductibles will apply. Copays for office visits range between $5 and $75, depending upon the insurance company. The average insured individual in the U.S. has a $19 office visit copay.
  • Over-the-counter earwax removal kits range from $5 for an Ototek Loop removal kit[2] to nearly $30 for a Kyrosol Ear Wax Removal System.[3]
  • Earwax removal can also be safely accomplished using eardrops. Drops range in cost from $5.15 for .75 ounces of Auro Ear Drops Wax Removal Aid[4] to $7.99 for .5 ounces of Debrox Ear Wax Removal Drops.[5]
  • Although the Food and Drug Administration warns against their use, some alternative health practitioners do "ear candling" to remove excess earwax. Ear candles cost between $2 for two beeswax candles to $250 for 75 candles, which is equal to about $3.30 per candle. Ear candling sessions at a spa, salon or massage clinic can cost between $25 and $80, depending upon the region of the country.
Related articles: Tinnitus Treatment, Hearing Test, Hearing Aid, Ear Infection

What should be included:
  • A doctor's office visit for earwax removal will include talking with the doctor about any ear symptoms or concerns. The doctor will examine the patient's ears for signs of infection or other problems, and determine the best earwax removal method. Some doctors use pressurized water to remove earwax; others remove the wax using a tiny plastic loop inserted into the ear; and some doctors opt for vacuum removal, using light suction to remove the wax buildup.
  • At-home earwax removal kits are similar to what a physician uses. Loop kits include instructions and a plastic loop to scoop out the wax. The Kryosol kit includes information on product use, a glycerin-based, wax-loosening solution in individual plastic pipettes and a syringe to place the solution inside the ear canal. Other kits include a bulb syringe, which helps remove the wax.
  • Ear wax drops include product information, dosing instructions and a container with between .5 ounces and 1 ounce of ear wax removal solution, which dissolves the ear wax inside the ear canal.
Additional costs:
  • The Food and Drug Administration strongly recommends that patients avoid ear candling. If ear candling results in burns or an ear injury, a doctor's visit or hospital visit may be required. For those without insurance a visit could cost between $50 and $100,000, depending upon the extent of the injury.
Shopping for ear wax removal:
  • Anyone with ear pain, stuffiness or difficulty hearing should consult a doctor before attempting earwax removal. Rarely, ear pain or stuffiness can be the result of an infection or other problem. Over-the-counter ear wax removal products could exacerbate the problem. In addition, patients with an injury to or perforation of the ear drum should not use any over-the-counter earwax removal methods. Over-the-counter methods should also not be used on infants or children who have ear tubes.
  • Patients considering an over-the-counter method should begin by selecting a system that fits their comfort level. Loop systems require a certain level of skill and eye-hand coordination. Drops are considered a medication and should be use with care. Patients can talk to a pharmacist about the options.
  • Before making a purchase in a pharmacy, make sure the packaging is complete and intact.
  • If purchasing online, research the company before buying ear candles, earwax removal kits or ear drops. The Food and Drug Administration[6] offers tips and advice for purchasing medications online.
  • If purchasing ear candling services through a salon, read reviews about the business through the Better Business Bureau[7] before scheduling an appointment. Ask the technician how long he or she has been doing ear candling. Don't be afraid to ask if he or she has had any accidents associated with the treatment.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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Posted by: a user in West Chester, PA.Posted: January 13th, 2017 06:01AM
Removal Method: Insurance: aetna
before insurance rate 110.. After insurance rate 105. In 2015 and 2016. I went for a routine physical check and the doc performed this service without informing me that this is going to cost me extra 100 bucks. Feel cheated since i did not have any ear pain or hearing discomfort. I tried calling the hospital and insurance. The hospital staff was very rude, have never had to deal with such uncooperative staff ever that too at a hospital when the least i would expect is some compassion towards its customers/patients
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Posted by: Boondocked in New York, NY.Posted: August 18th, 2015 05:08AM
Removal Method: Irrigation (water, hydrogen peroxideInsurance: Oxford
Went to Midtown New York Doctord Urgent Care and they cleaned it out right away. I can't remember how much it was sans insurance, but it was less than $400 (which is crazy, $40 is the correct price for such a service :))
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Amount: $190.00
Posted by: mark james in nyc, NY.Posted: July 10th, 2015 09:07AM
Removal Method: presurized waterInsurance: self pay
after waiting about 4 hr. I finally saw a doctor at the ear clinic on 14th st. and 3rd av in Manhattan.
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Simple Routine Ear Wax Removal at the Cleveland Clinic
Amount: $171.00
Posted by: Chris P in Cleveland, OH.Posted: June 26th, 2015 08:06AM
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Wow, I thought Ear Wax removal was a simple procedure, and inexpensive... Boy was I wrong. I foolishly consulted my insurance, which stated it should be 'around $39' and gave a list of providers... whom I would call and they'd reply they 'dont do that service.' So I called my Dr, who didnt have an availability, so i was refered to a different Cleveland Clinic Hospital.
The 'Sitting in the Waiting Room' Fee is $310.00. The 14 minute ear wax removal procedure was $201. So it cost ME $172 for this quick, simple procedure. #Crooks. What a fun way to make $2,000 an hour.
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Office visit was $85.18 after insurance; before $422. Cost of removal was $689.50 after insurance; before $1642. UM Health University of Miami Health System. They are a group of rich snobs who charge whatever they want and demand patients pay no matter what.
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Amount: $95.00
Posted by: HearMeNow in Jackson, MS.Posted: January 14th, 2015 09:01AM
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simple, easy, painless, and quick. only took about 6 mins for both ears. Walk-in clinic. Year is 2015.
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Posted by: avs in Denver, CO.Posted: November 20th, 2014 02:11PM
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For a total of 20 minutes at ANschutz ENT I was charged $195 for "office visit" and $330 for ear removal.
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Posted by: Eddie Bryan in Gainesville, FL.Posted: September 12th, 2014 01:09PM
Removal Method: irrigationInsurance: none
I've been quoted a price in Gainesville, FL of $199.00. I am homeless and unemployed. I have some money but can't afford that. I was hoping $70 to $90 and I could even go to $100.
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cost of impacted cerumen removal
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Black Essie in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: August 20th, 2014 03:08PM
Removal Method: water/syringeInsurance: yes/aetna
150 charge, $80 co-pay
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Posted by: Mr. De in Saint Peters, MO.Posted: July 3rd, 2014 11:07AM
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After an unsuccessful attempt by Walgreen's I went to my ENT in St. Peters, MO and paid for an office visit and a Binocular microscopy. Walgreen's charged $15.00 plus $17.00 for an antibiotic after gouging my ear canal. The next day I was sent to ENT and was billed 250.00 of which UHC ins. paid $98.79 and I paid 149.19 and there was a Sequestration Reduction of $2.02.
Yes very confusing.
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I paid the doctor $125 to remove impacted cerumen from both ears.
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Amount: $200.00
Posted by: mrs deft in 2700 grand concord, CA.Posted: October 4th, 2010 11:10PM
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i paid $200 Dr Lloyd Ford,for just talking
he consider i do not need MY EAR WASHED BUT schedule me for a earing test which scare me thinking how much it will cost me and if i cancel i had to pay $25...!
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